Kobe Bryant's clutch scoring saved the Lakers from what could have been an embarrassing loss in a game they needed to win.
Bryant scored 13 of his 42 points during a 20-0 run in the last 6:22 of the fourth quarter, and Los Angeles overcame a 25-point deficit to fend off the New Orleans Hornets, 108-102 on Wednesday night.
The Hornets were still ahead by 21 in the final minute of the third quarter when Greivis Vasquez's 3-pointer made it 93-72, and even after the Lakers had whittled their deficit to 12, the Hornets were up 102-88 after Robin Lopez's dunk with 6:47 to go. But the Hornets would not score again, and Bryant, who also had 12 assists, began to take over with help from Jodie Meeks, who hit two of his five 3-pointers during the final surge to finish with 19 points.
Dwight Howard had 20 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks for Los Angeles, including a block on Lopez in the final minute.
Bryant, who injured his right elbow in a loss at Oklahoma City on Tuesday night but pla...